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Humanized, Inclusive Learning:
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O’Donnell Learn is committed to helping educators deliver successful learning experiences.

We provide a variety of solutions to help faculty and learners achieve the best outcomes. Our solutions range from course and program design to instructional design and include quick fixes or major overhauls with specialized experts.

By emphasizing humanized and inclusive learning, we ensure your faculty can deliver quality and engaging learning experiences to their students for in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments.

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People are at the center of everything we do. With empathy for the learner as our launching pad, we support faculty to bring their expertise together with what inspires, excites and engages their learners. This partnership is key to creating authentic experiences that advance learner success.

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This approach to instructional design is exclusive to O’Donnell Learn. Our work with 1000s of instructors brings together years of experience with research-based strategies, case studies, and the development of proven learning frameworks and universal learning design methods to keep people at the center of the experience.

We’ve created a complimentary Purposeful Learning FrameworkTM checklist to act as an adaptable open education resource (OER) for instructors, educators, and institutions who use our solutions.

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We’re always learning, wondering and sharing. Here’s what we’re thinking about lately.

Giving Faculty Back Their Time

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 10, 2021

Institutions and faculty are emerging from the pandemic with the realization that they must reframe their courses for an evolving, and here to stay, virtual learning landscape. Many online courses resulted from an overnight shift from in person to virtual. With little time to reimagine learning with pixelated faces and on screen white boards, courses that were developed for in person do not translate to the screen. 

Our Major Takeaways from The Purposeful Learning Festival 2021

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 27, 2021

In case you missed it, throughout the month of September, O’Donnell Learn hosted a virtual festival seeking to bring awareness to student mental health and well-being. Over a series of 7 virtual sessions, we discussed strategies for educators to support student success and ways to craft learning environments that support learner well-being, especially during uncertain times. Here are our key takeaways from the Purposeful Learning Festival 2021.

“See each other for the humanity that holds us” Lessons in Trauma Informed Pedagogy from Mays Imad

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 20, 2021

O’Donnell Learn recently hosted a webinar led by Mays Imad, Ph.D. as a part of its recent Purposeful Learning Festival focused on mental health and wellness. Dr. Imad is a thought leader in trauma-informed pedagogy and a professor at Pima Community College based in Tucson, Arizona where she is also the coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center. As a current Master’s of Education student at Northeastern University who also lives with mental illness, I was excited to learn more about using the classroom, virtual or traditional, as a safe place for learners to heal and grow. I met virtually with Dr. Imad to hear more about her teaching philosophy, beliefs surrounding mental health, and ways to ensure student success in uncertain times.